Port commissioner 'disappointed' by newspaper investigation

5:43 p.m. May 21
Fellow board member calls it rerun of previous articles

After nearly a full week of intense public reaction to a series of newspaper stories critical of the Port of Vancouver's practices under the state's open public meetings and records laws, one port commissioner called The Columbian's investigation a disappointment, while another shrugged it off as a rerun of past articles.

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CREDC won't back down after county threat

By Kaitlin Gillespie May 21, 2015 7:50 p.m.

The Columbia River Economic Development Council will not back down from supporting improvements to the Mill Plain interchange on Interstate 5, or any other transportation project.

PDX ranked 6th in U.S. for on-time arrivals in summer

By The Columbian May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

A new list by of the 10 best and worst U.S. airports for summer delays ranks Portland International Airport as the sixth-best in the nation for on-time arrivals during the summer travel season.

Work begins on homeless housing at complex

By Scott Hewitt May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

A new home is rising for people who could die without one.

Wal-Mart expands veteran hiring

By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Nate Waits wakes up before 3 a.m. four days a week to get to his job at a Bentonville, Ark., distribution center for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The former Marine is among more than 92,000 veterans the company has hired in the past two years.

Madore: Economic development agency's funding at risk

By Kaitlin Gillespie May 20, 2015 9:18 p.m.

The fate of nearly a fifth of the Columbia River Economic Development Council's non-grant funding is in limbo after Clark County Councilor David Madore accused the agency of lobbying for the Columbia River Crossing.

Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe

By Aaron Corvin May 20, 2015 5:53 p.m.

A Vancouver resident has filed two petitions with the Clark County elections office seeking to recall from office Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe.

Fight for $15 effort stages protest at McDonald's HQ

By Alejandra Cancino and Jessica Wohl, Chicago Tribune May 20, 2015 5:21 p.m.

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Union staffers involved in the Fight for $15 campaign set up a stage Wednesday morning between McDonald's headquarters in this Chicago suburb and a restaurant that was closed in anticipation of Wednesday's demonstrations, demanding increased hourly wages for the burger giant's front-line workers.

Surge in home construction lifting hopes for economy

By Associated Press May 20, 2015 4:52 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has given a sudden jolt to what appeared to be a slumping economy.

Banks fined $5.4B, to plead guilty to market rigging

By Associated Press May 20, 2015 4:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

Herrera Beutler to host 5th annual jobs fair

By The Columbian May 20, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is hosting her fifth annual jobs fair in Vancouver from 9 a.m. to noon June 8 at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St.

Senators get creative to protect industries in trade debate

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press May 20, 2015 1:52 p.m.

WASHINGTON — In Congress' roiling debate over trade, one senator calls his efforts to protect the U.S. catfish industry a matter of averting "the dangers of exposure to foreign agriculture drugs."

Washington jobless rate dropped to 5.5 percent in April

By Rachel La Corte, Associated Press May 20, 2015 12:22 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent last month, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, officials said Wednesday.

Singletary: Romance, finances can be an unwise mix

By Michelle Singletary May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

An elderly woman came up to me recently and asked whether I still use the term "shacking up."

Free job fair Thursday at Partners in Careers

By The Columbian May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Partners in Careers is hosting a free job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at its offices, 3210 N.E. 52nd St. in Vancouver. Employers represented at the fair will include Bushwackers, UPS, Charter Communications, C-Tran, Xerox, Riverview Communty Bank, McDonalds, Comcast, Lowes and more.

Marijuana safety manual being developed

By Sue Vorenberg May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

With just about six weeks left to the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis in Washington, a new sign of the normalization of that industry has appeared.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.